This week I would like to introduce you to a book, Being Human The Nature of Spiritual Experience by Ranald Macaulay and Jerram Barrs. Even the title of this book raises questions: What is it to be human? Why should we be on mission to be human? How can we become more human?
Macaulay and Barrs propose that understanding the nature of spiritual experience is the key to restoration to true humanness. Through the work of Christ on the cross, we are saved. To what? God desires to deliver us out of lostness into fellowship with Himself so that we are free to be human. Being human means being the people He originally intended us to be – serving Him and enjoying Him, serving and enjoying each other, ruling and enjoying His good world. The aim of this book is to lay a biblical foundation for the Christian life which hopefully allows for men and women to labor to construct a beautiful and pleasing building – human life – which will glorify God and endure forever.
As the authors have spent years teaching and spending time with individuals, they have observed that much confusion exists about the nature of living the Christian life. Their intent in writing this book is to provide greater clarity about the Bible’s teaching about the life God has given us to live both here on earth and extending into an eternity with Him.
So how does this book engage with our call to hospitality? In the beginning pages of the first chapter, we are reminded that we are made in the likeness of God. Quite simply, Jesus summarized an individual’s response to the law of the Old Testament with the statement:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.Matthew 22:37-40
Hospitality is our calling because we love God, love our neighbors, and we love ourselves in a proper way. Hospitality is an invitation to our neighbors and others to join us in the beautiful and fulfilling journey God has called us to in our redeemed humanness.
I hope you will take time to explore this very helpful book.